What's next? Opening on CHRISTMAS DAY??? Gimme a break!!!

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Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner 21498

                                                                                                                                                                                                   Well, ready or not, here we go >>> It’s the  HOLIDAY  SEASON!!!  Or at leastJack-o-Lantern w/ Santa Hat that’s what it sounds like everywhere! The malls, hair salons, certain restaurants…are already playing Christmas music continuously, and have been for a couple of weeks now. I remember years ago when we thought it was an outrage that the stores and malls started decorating a week or so before Thanksgiving;  it seemed like such a travesty. Haha. Now we are lucky to get Halloween in before the Christmas stuff goes up and the music starts.

Mall Chriatmas MusicSo it sounds like the Holiday Season out there, but does it feel like it? Well, to each his own, but for me? Not so much. I am an “after Thanksgiving” Christmas spirit kind of girl. I love carols and decorations and the Trans Siberian Orchestra as much as the next person, but in their proper context…and I am just not ready when folks still have their jack-o-lanterns on their front porches.

Over time, I have managed to conform to the societal pressure ofTarget Sign participating in Black Friday. In fact, I actually like it now after years of refusing to take part, opting instead to sit at home and complain that it was a commercial rap having nothing to do with the spirit of Christmas. I still believe that, but now I take part and enjoy it. Ha!                                                          

Sears SignWhatever you believe or like or dislike, it really doesn’t matter. The machine is in motion and they are not going to ask you your opinion. This year, I just learned, Sears will be open on Thanksgiving Day for the first time since opening for business in the late 1880’s. And Sears is not alone; Wal-Mart and Target have also announced plans to remain open on Thanksgiving. And why?                                            

BECAUSE THEY NEED THE MONEY!!!

Understandable, I suppose. But that is where I draw the line. I will not shop ON Thanksgiving Day. If I miss the great deals, so be it. I will not miss family time on Thanksgiving Day for a BOGO deal.

Opening on Thanksgiving Day feels like crossing a line to me. Not everyone has family, I know. But those who do will leave theirs to shop for deals, and /or to go to work in stores because they are scheduled. Perhaps it is a good and great thing for singles, and if so...great. I still say, it is a uniquely American holiday where we slow down, and pause to be thankful for family and the bounty we enjoy (that we could be without)...and NOT a time to make double overtime and save big at Wal-Mart...single or not.

But that’s just me thinking…

 

 

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Susan Emo
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We already celebrated our Thanksgiving in early October, as we Canadians have done since we introduced the concept to the world, or at least North America.  However, I too want a chance to get my pumpkins done away with before my Christmas decor makes an appearance. 

I don't have a problem with the stores being open because there is always going to be staff that need the money, and there will always be people who have no one with whom to share the holidays, who will choose to be out shopping.  Choice is what it is all about!

Nov 16, 2010 12:41 PM #1
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Sheila I guess you are preaching to one of the Choir Members, I walked in a grocery store here in Marina Del Rey and I saw a Christmas Tree, so I asked the Produce person I talk to all the time " Wow What a Nice Thanksgiving Tree" never seen one like this....she cracked up laughing.... I think the stores actually hurt themselves by down playing TG and just focusing o Christmas. That could have been two batches of marketing opportunity missed....just my two cents.

Nov 16, 2010 12:42 PM #2
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Sharon Tara
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Everything just seems to be moving so fast and everyone is so impatient....I sound so old, I know, but what is the hurry?  I think it's just another example of doing what they have to do in order to get a jump on the competition.  Won't be much of a jump though if everyone else follows suit.  Before we know it there won't be any such thing as a holiday, a day of rest. 

Nov 16, 2010 12:42 PM #3
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Bill Pohl
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Sheila-

No Turkey Day shopping for me either. It has gone too far.

Nov 16, 2010 12:47 PM #4
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@ Susan >> Yep, I think you hit it right on the head...it is all about choice! And I tried to convey some sense of that in my article, but I undoubtedly came up short thanks to my bias on the matter.

@ Endre >> Interesting theory...I concur.

@ Sharon >> I couldn't agree more if I had said it myself! WHAT'S THE HURRY??? Good to hear someone else feels the same way.

@ Bill >> Glad we are on the same page!   : )

Nov 16, 2010 03:30 PM #5
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William James Walton Sr.
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I have been wondering the same exact thing. I personally think it is overkill. Now I don't even want to go Christmas shopping...

Nov 19, 2010 03:56 PM #6
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The commercialism of Christmas seems to overshadow Thanksgiving more and more. I think we need to slow down a bit...

Nov 19, 2010 04:09 PM #7
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William  - I know what you mean.. in some stores i don't even think they know what Thanksgiving is anymore

Don = Slow would be great.. i have seen several homes today in my neighborhood with christmas lights on already..

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